International Day of the Girl.

5th International Day of the Girl 

canada header“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.” – Malala Yousafzai

International Day of the Girl is celebrated on October 11. It is a day dedicated to championing girls’ rights around the world

girl powerCanadians recognize how important girls are to our future. That’s because Canadians believe that every girl deserves an equal start in life and the chance to grow to her full potential. That equality starts with clean water, healthy food and a safe place to live. It starts with education, support from the community and freedom from violence.
Together, we can create these conditions for girls across the globe. We can show them that gender equality is, not just possible, but necessary. Our future depends on it.

Girls, claim your place!

Girls are a force felt around the world!

Girls today bring their passion, courage and new ideas to all that they do, creating positive change throughout their communities. They are leading the way as students, entrepreneurs, volunteers and activists, and proving that you are never too young to shape the future and improve the lives of others.

By teaching girls to stand up for themselves and for gender equality, we can make sure that girls today continue to take the world by storm. continue reading »»»»»»
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The Issue

There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that girls face.

What gets counted, gets done. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, on 11 October, “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, is a call for action for increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. One year into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back is critical for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals

One such issue that is standing in the way of girls’ progress is child, early and forced  marriage. The data is daunting—one in three girls in developing countries (except China) get married before they turn 18. Girls who are child brides miss out on education, are more vulnerable to physical and sexual violence, and bear children before they are physically or emotionally prepared. The cycle of violence that begins in girlhood, carries over into womanhood and across generations. The 2030 Agenda must address their needs and unlock their potential.

UN Women works around the world to empower women and girls and raise awareness on their rights, advocate for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies that prohibit and prevent child, early and forced marriage, and mobilize communities against the practice.

On the International Day of the Girl Child, we stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls. continue reading »»»»»»

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To mark the 5th International Day of the Girl on October 11, girls across Canada and around the world, raised their voices to speak up for their right to equal opportunities. They challenged their local and national leaders to support girls’ empowerment because #GirlsBelongHere – in positions to lead, decide and make a difference. Over 250 leaders worldwide accepted this challenge, and invited a girl to take the lead in their role for the day!

SEE ALSOWhy a group of inspiring girls are boldly challenging Canadian leaders to stand up for girls’ rights

The unfortunate reality is that girls and women are disproportionately underrepresented in leadership roles and decision-making positions in many sectors, and in countries across the globe. Plan International is proud to support this groundswell of girls in breaking gender stereotypes, defying the norms, and rallying support for their rights and empowerment!

Catch some of the highlights from Day of the Girl and experience the inspiring impact of girls’ empowerment in countries around the world.

Girls belong where their voices can be heard! Last year, girls from all over the globe filled the roles of ministers, mayors, CEOs and even presidents! continue reading »»»»»»

Article Posted October 11, 2013 – Last Updated October 6, 2017

Plan Canada DAY OF THE GIRL 2013

banner.5The question isn’t “why girls?” but “why wait?” What if we could solve the problem of poverty before it even started? Turns out we can, The solution? Girls. Girls are the most powerful force of positive change on the planet. Unleashing their potential is critical to ending global poverty and accelerating progress on some of the toughest challenges of our time. In fact, girls are so important that the UN has declared today the International Day of the Girl. Let’s use today to spread the word about this movement and create the kind of buzz that causes leaders to sit up and listen.

We invite and encourage you to take a few minutes to watch this video, share it on facebook, or twitter, and consider making a donation to the Girl Effect Fund.
Just like your parents, friends, and teachers have empowered you, we must continue to empower girls to declare their own goals and achieve their unique vision of success.
LyLaS, Diana and the women of GlobalGiving

P.S. If you’ve watched the Girl Effect video upwards of 9 times, and it still gives you chills, you’re not alone.